Shodokan Aikido – also known as Sport Aikido or ‘Tomiki’ Aikido – is a system of martial arts training devised by Professor Kenji Tomiki, an eminent student of both Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, and Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of traditional Aikido.

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Professor Tomiki and Ohba sensei

Just as Kano applied sports science and pedagogy to classical jiu-jitsu to systematise modern Judo, Tomiki developed a training system based around the Aikido techniques of Ueshiba. This method of practice incorporates both kata and randori (‘free play’) alongside a core of foundational exercises.

Professor Tomiki also established a competitive format for Aikido in order that Aikido techniques might be tested against an opponent. Like Judo, Aikido techniques include throws, holds and strikes, but Aikido is practiced from distance apart and does not involve grappling (ne-waza).

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Aikido & Judo – a complete system

Today, Shodokan Aikido is a global sport, with regional, national and international competitions.